Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
906
Reviews:
416
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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80
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84
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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of morebeergood
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with some decent clarity and a slight head. No lacing.

Big bacon and sugary malt aromas. As much as you get the smoke you get the doppelbock.

Great balance, as the big smoke is actually in the nose. Smoky malt to start, with the deep rich sweetness of aged fruit and tawny grain comes through. Not overpowering, this sweetness dries out where you have a very even smoke, bitter, malt balance. Wonderful.

Full bodied and a little prickly on the tongue.

Fantastic. This is the rauchbier to start with (if you could find it). Incredibly smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Strong woodsmoke and cooked bacon
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, smoked ham. A full-bodied sipper that cries out for a food pairing of the smoked meat variety.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This brew pours a peachy auburn-brown hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a decent off-white head that has some staying power.

S - The brew is smoky, of course, but seems less so than the regular offerings. There are some nutty and dark fruity suggestions in the nose, and the smoke has much more campfire and less smoked meat, fish, or cheese than the standard Bamberg brews tend to.

T - The flavor is less intense than regular Schlenkerla offerings, and is only slighly smokier than the Helles. The fruity and nutty dark malt comes through, and the smoke offers hints of Gruyere or Rauchkäse much more than campfir or smoked meat, differing from the nose in that aspect. The alcohol is slightly observable, and I don't find that to be a good fit here. Despite the relative balance (AKA toned-down smoke), I do not think this to be an improvement on any Schlenkerla, except the Weizen. It is still a good and delicious tasting brew, however.

M - Lighter than medium, with lingering smoke.

O - Not the best for my taste, but I can appreciate both the Doppelbock aspect as well as the Rauchbier, so it is quite successful in that regard.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's recently.

Pour is copper orange/amber with a tiny bit of sediment dust floating about, off-white head retains as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Smoke is there but somewhat on the light side, mixing well with toasty and roasted malts, bread, caramel, and hot dogs.

Smoky grilled meat and light char stronger in the taste, but nicely well-rounded with doppelbock flavors coming through. Big caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruit. Some lighter-end fruits (apple) and some licorice noticeable.

Somewhat thin, could use more of a full-on malty feel but decent. Obvious smokiness and some alcohol presence make this kind of a sipper, but it's well-balanced.

Good, as always a nicely complex and interesting rauchbier from Schlenkerla. It's not my favorite of theirs but the bigger/doppelbock take on this one definitely supplies its own unique charm.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A- Very strong streams of small bubbles coming up the side that lead to a full, creamy head that leaves a good deal of lace behind. Amber in color. A bit hazy.
S- Nice smokey scent with a fruity undertone.
T- That Schlenkerla smokiness certainly comes through. This is lovely. Smooth with an oak taste. There is a mild sweetness underneath, perhaps a caramel taste. Perfectly balanced. Some bitterness.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown/amber color, thin head but nice
S: nice traditional smoke nose, very subtle but well balanced
T: not sure what to expect but somewhat surprised, expecting more of an intense smoke, crisp, clean, German doppelbock with underlying smoke, some sweet in mid-palate with nice hop finish
M: nice, not as rich and robust as I would have liked for a doppelbock but it's more on the order of a blond
D: easy drinking for its ABV

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Photo of heerboth
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second segue into the world of Schlenkerla. This beer I pour from a robust 500 ml. bottle into a wine glass, leaving some notable yeast behind. Pours a copper orange with a touch of haze. A thin cap settles out to a surface film and leaves some lacing.

Smoked malts dominate the nose and with a touch of caramel beneath said blankets. Bit of orange as well. Smoke is subdued vs. their Rauchbiers yet present and well balanced. Smoky/Piney Hop notes with agitation.

Taste initiates with caramel, a bit of orangey malts and a touch of smoke residue. Sweetness is subdued for a Doppelbock yet the 8.0 % is well cloaked in mystery.

Different yet intriguing. Smoky but not, yet a rather smooth Doppel.. Liking how the smoked malts balance the sweetness even in the absence of an aggressive hopping.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Bronze color with a thin head & nice carbonation. Edited after the glass was consumed to note the lacing this beer leaves on the glass is possibly the best I've ever seen... upped the appearance score to reflect this
S: Smoky & meaty, particularly bacon & smoked ham. Some smoked malt/jalapeno cornbread also comes through
T: Hard to believe but this is almost smokier than the nose. I enjoyed the brewery's Rauchbier Märzen... this is at least if not more smokey. Lots of grilled meats & some hops too. I like it but it's almost too much of a good thing
M: Medium-bodied. Smokey (duh) if you can feel such a thing; distinctly smooth
O: If you like smoke, cured meat/charcuterie, etc you will love this. Definitely distinct & well made. But probably not for everyone

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Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with an off white 2 finger head which slowly fades to 1/2 finger. Leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has smoked malt, and smells like smoked ham or bacon. Smells sweet, some caramel present.

The flavor is sweet and smoky. Much like smoked bacon or ham. Some caramel flavor is also present. No real hop presence at all, which is okay for this type of beer. Very nice.

Better than medium bodied, smooth, with slightly below average carbonation. Easy to drink. Leaves a sweet and smoky aftertaste. A nice beer, which I would gladly buy again.
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Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

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Photo of armock
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to Champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Like all Schlenkerla beers its a nose full of smoked malt but this one has some burnt oak to it with some sweetness

T - I love it this is like drinking a candied oak campfire the smoke comes out first then the sweetness comes through for a bit but the burnt oak comes back to finish everything off

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I think its pretty easy to see where I stand with this beer and like all Schlenkerla beers I love it even though the abv is a bit higher than the rest of the line up I can't help but to keep on getting sips of this stuff if you like smoked beers this is a beer that you should hunt down to try

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$4.49
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Schlenkerla's Oak Smoke shows off an incredibly vibrant tarnished copper body that absolutely glows when backlit. The foam borders on beige and easily grows to two fingers. As it settles to an impressive cap of creaminess it leaves sheet lacing down the glass with drink lines even thicker yet.

Smoke. The nose is chock full of that campfire smokiness that Schlenkerla does so well... and aggressively. Dense smoke permeates all with smoldering logs, smoked meats, and a touch of rubber. The maltiness is dense and ranges from doughy bread to caramel to black bread with a little spiciness. Malt forward as it rests and the smoke settles.

The smoke isn't near as dominant in the flavor as the nose suggested. Doughy malts dominate although permeated by open fire. A touch of fruitiness rolls through the middle, plum mostly, before rich caramel and heavier smoke pick up on the finish. The smoke runs throughout but in waves of intensity while allowing the other characteristics to shine.

The carbonation is soft and the body smooth. There's a bit of hefty to the body, never exceeding much beyond moderate, but enough to let you know there is some substantiality. The finish leaves behind a touch of sweetness and smoke, though only moderate, manages to permeate very nook and cranny. Very nicely done.

Oak Smoke is another outstanding beer from Schlenkerla. The smoke is more subdued than most of their offerings, besides the hells, and therefore more approachable. This even handedness with the smoke allows the bready sweetness to shine through so the base can be enjoyed as well. Recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Engine 15

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing. lighter than expected in color

Smell: toasty amber malts, nice smokey aromas

Taste: wow, nice and smokey,and prefectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: awesome and great for pairing with foods. are treat and a honor to try. I had 3 glasses.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 906 ratings.
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